Thursday, August 17, 2017

Finishing Up The Ethical Action Section

We're now at the end of the second sub-section of the first big section of the Spirit portion of the Phenomenology. What this effectively brings to a close is the entire dynamic of the two ethical powers - Human Law and Divine Law - and, as always, that means that we are moving into something new.

It also brings to its conclusion Hegel's interpretation of the classical Oedipus cycle (notice, not the Oedipus complex), which plays such a significant role in many of the paragraphs of this section.

Really, what Hegel is doing is moving away from the ethical community as that of the city-state - whether that of ancient Thebes, or Athens, or the Roman Republic - a community in which there is some scope for these two ethical powers or laws, and their human representatives, to work out what the Ethical involves.  And in return - as we'll see in the paragraphs in the next section - we're moving into a different kind of social matrix, and thereby a different kind (and meaning) of individuality.

Here are the three paragraphs that finish up this part of the text.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

August Half Hour Hegel Q&A and Discussion Session

Later on this week, I'll be hosting our monthly Half Hour Hegel Q&A and Discussion session.  This month, it is on Tuesday, August 8, 5-6 PM (Central Time).  If you'd like to participate, you can go to our ReasonIO meeting wall, and follow the link to get into the session.

If you've got an interest in - or are just even puzzled by - Hegel's works and thought, German Idealism, or even philosophy more generally - pop in, and join the conversation (or if you like, just lurk and listen)!

The time I devote to these sessions is underwrittten by the Patreon supporters of the Half Hour Hegel project.  If you're interested in becoming a supporter, or learning more about it, you can do so here.

I'm looking forward to another great conversation later on this week - hope to see some of you readers there!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Four Videos in the Ethical Action Section

Human and Divine Law are far from being finished - though they will be by the end of this second section in this "Ethical Order" part of the Spirit portion of the work - and we have a whole new set of dialectical interactions and developments to chart out now.

For those with a strong interest in classical literature, you're going to see Hegel referencing the Oedipus family and political drama pretty extensively in this section.  Why?  Because those narratives provide him with some exemplary figures representing those committed entirely to - and thus able to provide the concrete instantiation of - these two competing and complementary laws, embodying the "ethical substance"

Here are the first four videos in this section.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

July Public Half Hour Hegel Q&A and Discussion

Later on today - from 5-6 PM Central Time - I'll be hosting our monthly online Half Hour Hegel Q&A and Discussion session.  If you'd like to participate, you can go to our ReasonIO meeting wall, and follow the link to get into the session.

We have a number of longstanding regular participants who pop in, and there's usually some new people as well.  Everybody and anybody who has an interest in Hegel, German Idealism, or even philosophy more generally is welcome to join!

The time I devote to these sessions is underwrittten by the Patreon supporters of the Half Hour Hegel project.  If you're interested in becoming a supporter, or learning more about it, you can do so here.

I'm looking forward to a great conversation later on today - hope to see some of you readers there in digital face-to-face!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Four Videos Finishing Up Human And Divine Law

We're still making some excellent progress through the Phenomenology.  With the four lectures linked here, we finish up the very first substantive sub-section of the Spirit portion of the work - one of the longest parts, rivaled only by the Reason portion we finished up earlier this year!

You might think about this first sub-section as the one in which Hegel is setting up - laying the ground - for the conflict that is going to occur between the two "Laws" - human and divine - in the section that follows.  There is quite a bit more going on in those paragraphs, of course - some very interesting meditations upon family dynamics, the nature of death, and so forth - but that is one of the key aspects of the sub-section as well.

At any rate, here are those four commentary videos, covering eleven paragraphs of that section: